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Old 01-06-2014, 03:40 PM   #21
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Steve; we are wintering on Jekyll Island GA. There are others from Wisconsin here for the winter also. A couple Casitas and a Scamp were here for a while. We could use some fiberglass reinforcements here as most of the snowbirds have big motor homes and 5th wheel campers. All nice people here, maybe just a couple snooty ones. We spent a couple weeks in Florida in late November, Henderson, Ft. DeSoto, Gamble Rogers, and Sebastian Inlet. All nice, but the only one far enough south is Ft DeSoto. Like Ray says it has been unusually cold in this area and more rain than we experienced last year, but there have been many nice days too. We have debated looking for a campground farther south, but like it here and hope the crazy weather will settle down. Beats the snow and cold of upstate NY. We have our site reserved here through February.
I am looking at going back to Crooked Lake SP near St Marys Ga .I found the Georgia State Parks to be very nice and the Georgia SP personnel to be extremely friendly and helpful They acted like they really wanted out of state visitors unlike some of the neighboring states. We had 24 below zero this morning with 45 below wind chills and I am ready for a change of scenery unfortunately my wife is not ! After 44 years of marriage I know where the power lies. Hopefully she will thaw out soon and change her mind before Spring
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Old 01-06-2014, 04:05 PM   #22
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Steven,
For a very interesting day adventure from Crooked River State Park, may I suggest Cumberland Island National Seashore... Cumberland Island National Seashore (U.S. National Park Service)
If you want more information about it, please let me know!
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Old 01-06-2014, 04:28 PM   #23
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We did one night at Crooked River on our way to Jekyll from Henderson Beach. Did the trip to Cumberland several years ago.
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Old 01-06-2014, 10:18 PM   #24
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-50 this morning with the wind chill. It hasn't been much above -35 since November. Didn't make it last year, but we're headed for Florida within the week. I'm looking for good information sources for Florida camping. Don't have to be on the water, or even a coast. Dry camping just fine. It seems that there are a wide array of agencies that may have camping sites, right down to historic sites. I welcome any links, or location suggestions.

This might sound really dumb but... Are you all staying in the campers while traveling in the cold weather, or do you stay in motels until you get to warmer weather? I assume you all have heaters, if so...How do they keep up with the cold temps. I'm planning on getting the furnace installed later this summer so I can extend my fall camping. I don't like being cold at night. What size propane tanks do you have, and do you have one or two tanks?
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Old 01-07-2014, 02:39 AM   #25
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Hi Maryann,

We use a three pronged approach. We are often out hiking or sightseeing during the day and if the trailer is cold when we return, I fire up the furnace and turn on the electric blanket. After the trailer gets warm I shut off the furnace.


If it cools down too much at night, we have a small electric heater that we can run.

As for propane, we have 2 twenty pound tanks.

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Old 01-07-2014, 06:51 AM   #26
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We'll stay in hotels until it gets above freezing at night. The propane furnace will handle the cold, but the condensation gets excessive at really cold temps. We'll also leave the systems winterized until we get to the warmth. 2 x 20 lb propane. We also have an electric heater when we have shore power.
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Old 01-07-2014, 08:38 AM   #27
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We too have 2......20# propane tanks. We use a small electric heater when hooked to a power source and the propane when no electric available.

We will also wait till temps rise above freezing before camping out in our scamp..............until then it's motel time.

Florida here we come!
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Old 01-07-2014, 09:44 AM   #28
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Here's our list of places we've stayed. We've liked them all and loved a few:

1. Collier-Seminole outside of Naples and on the westernmost edge of the Everglades.
2. Ft. deSoto outisde of St. Petersburg on Mullett Bay - sites on water and on inland side - note that if you travel with a pet you cannot stay on the waterfront sites. This is to date our FAVORITE Florida campground.
3. Manatee Springs in the mid-gulf coastal area. No waterfront campsites, but a beautiful spring full of manatees when the water in the Gulf and Suwannee River are cold. The river but no the spring run can be paddled in winter while the manatees are wintering in the spring.
4. Salt Springs in the Ocala National Forest. Nothing on the water, but the spring is a great place to pass the time and the water is in the 70's so you can wade/swim if you want. Haven't seen manatees but have been told they find their way to the spring. This is the only NFS park in the Ocala with full hook-ups including both black and grey water dump right at the site. It's unique in that they have set stainless steel sinks into the ground so you have water and dump with no splash. Pretty cool idea I wish others would adopt.
5. Anastasia SP outside St. Augustine. On the coast but not on the water, but you can still hear the sound of the waves from many of the campsites. There is much to explore both north and south of the park besides the always lovely and busy city itself. Parks such as Washington Oaks and Ft. Matanzas are terrific day trips and don't miss the wildlife refuge north of St. Augustine...it is AWESOME at sunset. (think Serengheti). The tent sites in this park are every bit as big and nice as those determined to be RV sites so don't hesitate to take one if it's available. I believe they keep a number as walk-ins, but you have to be ready to snap it up if it's available.
6. Favre Dykes south and inland of St. Augustine. This is a forested park although there is access to the river at the boat launch that takes you through the marsh (we have not paddled that yet)
7. Highlands Hammock SP outside of Sebring and home of the annual Scamp Camp in early Feb. Great mid-state park where you can still see orange groves. The volunteers at this park are marvelous and there is wi-fi inluded in the price that reaches most of the campsites. The caveat is that it can be slow on a rainy night when many peeps are inside instead of outside.

On a personal note, this is a great time for the Everglades. Besides Collier-Seminole SP there are a handful of NFS parks throughout the Glades. We are considering a stay at Midway in the park. It has site electric, community water and bathroom/showers available. Some of the others only offer the bathhouse, community water and no electric. There is SOOOO much to do in the Glades that a week can go by and you feel as if you have barely scratched the surface.

We're looking forward to our first ever stay on the Keys after Scamp Camp this year. It only took Mr. Man online with 6 windows open on 2 computers for two weeks every single morning at 8:00 am sharp to snag a site that turned out to be the only tent site they'll allow a 16 footer on at Big Pine Key on the Atlantic side.

Have a great time...maybe our paths will cross in Feb/March.

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Old 01-07-2014, 09:55 AM   #29
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We camp on our way South , I am too cheap to spring for a motel when I own a $20,000 trailer that has heat! .We have a 16000 BTU propane furnace ,a strip heater in our A/C which I feel leaves something to be desired (Coleman's new low profile design)
a portable 1500 watt electric ceramic heater and 2- 20 lb propane tanks . We have camped in 18 Deg F weather with strong winds and I have had no problems staying warm, My wife's opinion may differ
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Old 01-07-2014, 10:11 AM   #30
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We have an usually cold day today here on the southern coast of GA, 20 degrees. We are staying nice and warm with a small electric heater. Propane has been removed from our trailer, we have used the small Mr Heater with a window slightly open, but won't sleep with it on.
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Old 01-07-2014, 11:31 AM   #31
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Thank you all for posting, Once again you all gave me the info I was looking for!

Keep Warm, and Happy Travels!
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Old 01-08-2014, 10:02 PM   #32
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Countdown is on for an early departure Saturday, heading due south to New Orleans-ish, then ambling east to Florida.
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It started off right side up....? And it is if you click on it.
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Old 01-09-2014, 04:58 PM   #35
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We're looking forward to our first ever stay on the Keys after Scamp Camp this year. It only took Mr. Man online with 6 windows open on 2 computers for two weeks every single morning at 8:00 am sharp to snag a site that turned out to be the only tent site they'll allow a 16 footer on at Big Pine Key on the Atlantic side.

Have a great time...maybe our paths will cross in Feb/March.

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Josie,
Does that mean you got a site at Bahia Honda SP on Big Pine Key?
We camp there a lot.......if you got a site on the Atlantic it will be beautiful!!

We are leaving tomorrow for a week end trip to Long Key SP....you'll pass it on your way to Big Pine Key.
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Hi Maryann in Mn
You'll like this.. We stop at the casino in Hinkley, Mn first night out and use the electric hookup only(they do have full hookup if you want). We used our propane furnace only about ten minutes on arrival (-10C last year) and electric cube heater the rest of the night. Reflectix on the windows and vents. We usually take the shuttle over to the casino for meals. Second night in Missouri and usually by third night can dewinterize. . This was for our Scamp 13.. Will have to see how the Casita does this year
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Interesting. I like following all these posts. One can learn so much.
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Back home. This was an unusually cold winter, and more people than usual were compressed into the southern half of Florida. We were able to get into state parks, albeit Monday thru Thursday; weekends were long since booked. Everglades NP was very enjoyable, but also tricky to get into; campgrounds which normally had plenty of room tended to be full this year. Our purpose was to explore spontaneously, which led us to Dauphin Island, but is tough in a world of 11 and 9 month advance reservations. Internet connectivity is required to search out and reserve campsites, which led to many trips to McDonalds, for fry fi. Weekends were a challenge, til we hit the Good Sam website. Private campgrounds were surprisingly good, with good wifi, and most with excellent showers, washrooms, and laundry. The hidden gems were the County campgrounds, often amazingly cheap, well run, well located and with great facilities. Talking with fellow campers proved to be the best method of locating campgrounds.
For reliable heat in January, this year at least, you should be at or south of Tampa - Orlando. This is also where prices increase.
Spent two months in the Bigfoot; should have been three. Enjoyed it all. Thanks for your information.
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It started off right side up....? And it is if you click on it.
I just thought you were in the Southern Hemisphere.
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Cam, what campground were you in when you took the picture of your Bigfoot and truck above?
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